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“Strictly” and “Strictly Speaking”

Posted on October 3, 2011

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web_square_tess_and_bruce“Strictly Come Dancing”, the BBC’s flagship dance show has returned to television. To get the most out of the programme’s extravaganza of sequins, fake tan and unlikely dance casting, don’t miss “Strictly Speaking”, Marianka Swain’s delectable blog for our sister magazine, Dance Today.

This week, she assesses the celebrities’ first dances, from the high camp of Russell Grant to some low blows from the judges.

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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